Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Doheny Blues Festival 2015 concert review

photo by Robert Kinsler
When the 18th edition of the Doheny Blues Festival began on Saturday, many people were compelled to pay tribute to the late B.B. King - who had performed at the Dana Point event three times in the past – in various ways. 

Some wore the legendary bluesman’s t-shirts, bought his CDs from an on site music vendor and rushed to sign walls in King's honor.

Candye Kane’s standup bassist Bobby Abarca (seen below) taped up the back of his instrument to read “R.I.P.” Eric Lindell, performing on the Backporch stage, did a cover of “Rock Me Baby,” the old blues standard that King had a top 40 hit with in 1964. Other musicians on the bill dedicated their set to him.

Light rain threatened to put a damper on the festival, but the wet weather didn’t last long. By afternoon, the festival area at Doheny State Beach was packed. As long lines snaked outside the entrance before opening, Ben Powell did a pleasant breakfast set to keep the throngs in line entertained.

Held at the gorgeous Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, Calif., it began in 1997 and has gained a reputation as one of the region’s (if not the nation’s) most prominent showcases for blues, classic rock and beyond. King, Etta James, Wilson Pickett, Little Richard, John Fogerty, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Brian Setzer have all appeared there over the years.

Having never attended Doheny before, I was impressed by how smoothly everything went. All the acts that I witnessed played exactly or close to their scheduled times. Bonnie Raitt even started early. The sound was great everywhere. Many festivalgoers spread out folding chairs and blankets early to get a good vantage point. In between the music, they could browse a dozen or so vendor booths, partake in Microbrew tastings or visit the wine lounge.

A majority of the 11 acts on three stages had blues elements in their back catalogs (with the exception of The Mavericks, who still prompted a dancing frenzy) and the median age skewed older. Indeed, as I waited for Shari Puorto Band to kick off the Backporch festivities, one guy asked apropos of nothing, “Is anyone here under 30?”

Puorto, based in Hermosa Beach, got her slot as the result of a contest. Clad in a black lace outfit and heels, the feisty singer opened with “Pack Your Bags” from last studio album Real and recalled Janis Joplin at times. She had attitude aplenty. That was especially true during the boogie of “Outta My Mind,” where Puorto walked on the picnic benches that jutted from the stage. “Six Months Sober,” off forthcoming effort “My Obsession,” boasted more of a rock edge. 

photo by Robert Kinsler
Candye Kane was first up on the main Doheny Stage. Sporting gold lame clothing, fishnet stockings and feathers in her hair, the SoCal native’s solid mix of rockabilly, blues and surf music was a sheer delight. Impressive guitarist Laura Chavez had ample room to shine, particularly amid the humorous “I’m the Reason Why You Drink” and “I Put a Hex on You.”

Turning serious, Kane – who has battled serious health issues – talked about using all your power on reserve before the inspiring “Superhero” (key lyric: “I’ve always been a fighter”). She also gave props to her record company chief who recently passed away.

Eric Lindell’s breezy blend of R&B, blues and rock proved to be perfect for a mid-afternoon slot. The California-born, New Orleans-based singer/guitarist just released The Sun and the Sea EP last week and did several songs from it.

All sounded sharp bolstered by tasteful electric guitarist from Anson Funderburgh, especially the title track’s laid back groove, “Wrong Too Long” and “Milk and Honey.” Lindell had no trouble getting an enthusiastic response. Other highlights included “I Lost You” and a set-ending twofer, where North Mississippi Allstars’ Luther Dickinson guested on wicked slide guitar.

Five minutes later, Dickinson was back on the adjacent Sailor Jerry stage with his own acclaimed group, whose fiery pure blues set was a wonder to behold. Dickinson gave quick musical nods to several bluesmen (including King) and his fingers constantly flew over the fretboard. At one point, he exclaimed, “This little guitar is taking the abuse today!”

The three guys even did vocal and instrument tradeoffs. Drummer Cody arrived front and center onstage for a little electric washboard action. Later, he engaged in some call and response action with the crowd and his bandmates on the spastic “Granny, Does Your Dog Bite.” They formed a drumline, went out into the crowd and returned to the stage. Luther banged so hard on his drum that the stick was bent. Standouts included “Sitting On Top of the World” and “You’ve Got to Move.”

photo by David Bro
Los Lobos eschewed most of their best known tracks and fittingly did several bluesy ones, plus several songs in Spanish (concert staple “Volver, Volver”). They overcame some initial sound problems and annoying distractions from an inflated ball that kept landing onstage.

Still, there were enough familiar numbers (the always intriguing accordion-accented “Kiko,” a jaunty “Don’t Worry Baby,” led by Steve Berlin’s sax, covers of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” and Grateful Dead’s “Bertha”) to satisfy casual listeners.

Right before The Mavericks took the Sailor Jerry stage, someone asked me if the band was rock or blues. I said they were neither. At Doheny, the quartet (expanded to an eight-piece concert lineup with horn section, accordionist and James Intveld on standup bass) did a thoroughly enjoyable performance encompassing Americana, Tex-Mex, old school rock ‘n’ roll and beyond.

photo by David Bro
Providing a total party atmosphere right around sunset, leader Raul Malo and company had people dancing up a storm. 

They surely won over many converts too. Mostly concentrating on great new album Mono and its equally fine predecessor In Time, Malo was in top vocal form.

Animated keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden shuffled around while playing and did his own little dance, coming across like Flea meets Pee Wee Herman.

Among the multiple highlights: a sway worthy “Back in Your Arms Again,” “Dance in the Moonlight,” “As Long As There’s Loving Tonight” and festive closer “All You Ever Do is Bring Me Down.” The rarely played cover of Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou” spotlighted the heavenly pipes of Malo, who noted they just had to play it in this setting.

Headliner Paul Rodgers closed the first day of music on the Doheny Stage with an impressive run through 40+ years of rock radio staples. There were also a couple selections from last year’s album tribute to Memphis R&B, The Royal Sessions, thrown in for good measure.

Personally, I would have liked to see more of those cuts aired live here, considering the setting. But the logistics of bringing in a horn section and backing vocalists probably wasn't worth it. Yet Boz Scaggs and The Mavericks made large ensembles work at Doheny though.

photo by Bob Steshetz
Backed by a three piece band (featuring ex-Heart guitarist Howard Leese), Rodgers, 65, sang with a soulful grit that was strong as ever.

A consummate professional, the veteran rocker howled from behind the stage and coolly strolled to the front to start “Louisiana Blues.” Then came the first of several of his trademark microphone stand twirls. 

Early in the 90-minute set, he did an appropriate “Live for the Music.”

More lean 'n' mean Bad Company, Free and The Firm classics aired live: “Running with the Pack,” an ominous “The Sky is Burning,” rocking “All Right Now” and the sing-alongs “Shooting Star” and “Can’t Get Enough.” But the stellar show could easily be summed up by another selection: “Satisfaction Guaranteed.”

Bonnie Raitt closed the Doheny Blues Festival festivities on Sunday night with an outstanding 95-minute set.

The veteran singer/guitarist gave props to songwriters, paid tribute to the late B.B. King, reminisced about past tours and growing up in Southern California. She was definitely among the most enthusiastic musicians at the annual event. 

Raitt was obviously happy to be return again after seven years away from the festival. “Boz Scaggs, I love you,” she exclaimed, about her predecessor on the main stage. Although the pair does a duet on “Hell to Pay,” from Scaggs' new album A Fool to Care, a rumored onstage collaboration sadly never materialized.

photo by Bob Steshetz
The 16-song performance opened with three tracks off Raitt’s solid, Grammy-winning 2012 album Slipstream. She immediately got down to business with some tasty bottleneck slide guitar work. Before a laid back, reggae take on Gerry Rafferty’s “Right Down the Line,” Raitt urged people to check out catalog material by the musician, who died in 2011.

As usual, Raitt had ace accompaniment from longtime sidemen George Marinelli, Hutch Hutchinson, Ricky Fataar and Mike Finnegan. Seated on a stool with acoustic guitar, she talked about her hero Sippie Wallace (“there’s not enough good people to go around”) before doing the blues singer’s advice tale “Women Be Wise” (Raitt tackled it on her eponymous 1971 debut LP).

Fans really got riled up during a strong version of her hit “Something to Talk About,” a truly funky “Love Sneaking Up on You” and signature cover of John Prine’s “Angel of Montgomery.” Raitt returned to acoustic guitar for the latter; it began acapella and Raitt turned in an emotional delivery.

Finnegan, a noted session keyboardist since the late ‘60s and sometime member of Taj Mahal’s Phantom Blues Band, got a lead vocal spotlight during a tribute to King (“I’ve Got News for You”), where he relayed a nice story about recording with the blues legend.

Another standout came during the encore section, when the artist was seated for a tender “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” the band played softly and the crowd was surprisingly quiet – surely in awe of the aching delivery. Richard Thompson’s “Dimming of the Day” featured prominent backing vocals from Hutchinson.

Early in Boz Scaggs’ smooth, laid back Sunday set, he said, “We’re going to move all around the music map, playing things you might know from radio or your old eight tracks,” which many older festivalgoers could sure relate to.

photo by Bob Steshetz
Supported by a six-piece band, the veteran blue-eyed soulster kicked everything off with “Runnin’ Blue,” from the 1971 self-titled LP.

Monet Owens added supple backing vocal support during selected songs, most notably Willie DeVille’s “Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl” (among the best tracks off 2013’s Memphis album and Doheny set highlight) and the mellifluous “Miss Sun” (where the lady and her boss engaged in sultry to and fro tradeoffs).

“I’m a Fool to Care” was short and sweet, driven by sax and barrelhouse piano work. Scaggs’ mega-successful 1976 LP Silk Degrees was well-represented.

The set featured solid live renditions of “Georgia” (directly followed by Tony Joe White’s “Rainy Night in Georgia” as Scaggs sang in a gravelly lower register), the instantly recognizable hits “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle,” plus “What Can I Say?”

Lest anyone forget that Scaggs could play the blues and still amaze on guitar, he gave a fine example amid the intense, epic encore closer “Loan Me a Dime,” originally recorded in 1969 with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. 

All told, Doheny Blues Festival lived up to the hype and I look forward to returning in the future.

My review of Day 1 originally ran at in a shorter form. Special thanks to Bob Steshetz and Omega Events. For another view of the festival, go to

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wang Chung to perform in Riverside, Calif. on Saturday

“Everybody wang chung tonight.”

That line from the chorus to Wang Chung’s big hit '80s party anthem “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” has become ingrained in the collective consciousness over the intervening decades.

It has been featured in multiple films and television shows alongside the pop/rock band’s other major charter, “Dance Hall Days.”

During the Eighties, the British duo of singer/guitarist Jack Hues and bassist Nick Feldman put out four eclectic studio albums and a soundtrack that frequently veered past standard New Wave strains into more sophisticated fare. The most successful one was 1986’s Mosaic, which went gold in America.

They also notched several other hits that placed high on the modern rock, dance and mainstream rock charts, including “Let’s Go,” “Don’t Be My Enemy,” “Wait,” “Don’t Let Go,” “Hypnotize Me” and the moody theme song to William Friedkin thriller “To Live and Die in LA.”
After a seven-year hiatus, the guys emerged with a retrospective CD and toured the U.S. in 1997. Feldman bowed out for a later round of concert dates. He returned for good in 2005 as Wang Chung appeared on short-lived NBC music reality series Hit Me Baby One More Time and some popular retro package tours.

Around the same time Hues (real name: Jeremy Ryder) started teaching songwriting/music composition part time at Canterbury Christ Church University in England

Since then, Wang Chung tunes have been featured prominently in TV shows like The Walking Dead, Grey’s Anatomy, Glee, Breaking Bad, Psych and others.  

A series of new EPs came in 2010. Tazer Up! arrived in late 2012, compiling some of that material (plus the Psychemagik remix of "Dance Hall Days" as a bonus track) and marked the band’s first new full-length studio album in 23 years.

The solid self-produced effort finds the veteran musicians ably singing and playing all the instruments except one song. Spacey, tongue-in-cheek “Abducted by the ‘80s” incorporates a poem of the same name by British performance artist Rob Gee; “Why” could be a lost Daft Punk track; “Let’s Get Along,” revolves around a slinky acoustic guitar groove; the hypnotic “Stargazing” casually envelopes over 7 minutes. Highlights include the catchy racing rocker “City of Light” and the lush electronic “London Orbital.”

Wang Chung performs Saturday, May 9 at Romano’s Concert Lounge, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 day of show. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. DJ Richard Blade (ex-KROQ/106.7 FM) of SiriusXM’s 1st Wave and JACK FM Los Angeles’ Flashback Lunch, serves as guest emcee.

For more information, go to

Future California tour dates: 
July 30 - Canyon Club, Agoura Hills
July 31 - Boardwalk, Santa Cruz
Aug. 1 - Totally 80s Bar & Grille, Fullerton
Oct. 2 - M15, Corona

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Summerland Tour with Everclear starts next month

Nineties alt-rock hitmakers Everclear, Toadies, Fuel & American Hi-Fi are scheduled to perform at each date of this year's Summerland Tour.

The fourth annual trek starts in June. For more information, visit:

Formed in 2012 by Art Alexakis, lead guitarist and vocalist of Everclear, past Summerland tours have featured Soul Asylum, Eve 6, Space Hog, Gin Blossoms, Lit, Sugar Ray, Marcy Playground, Live, Filter, and Sponge.

Tickets for Summerland Tour are on sale now with Everclear VIP packages available for purchase.

Alexakis says, "This is the kind of line up I've dreamed of when I started the Summerland Tour. With Toadies, Fuel, American Hi-Fi, and of course Everclear, this is guitar rock at its finest. I can't wait to see how people react each night. Game on!"

More than two decades ago, Everclear found success with their first three albums on Capitol Records - Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, and Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile - which were all certified platinum.

Everclear just released ninth studio album Black Is The New Black via The End Records/ADA. A vinyl edition comes out June 16. The lineup includes drummer Sean Winchester, bassist Freddy Herrera, guitarist Davey French and keyboardist Josh Crawley.

Here's the track listing:

01. Sugar Noise
02. The Man Who Broke His Own Heart
03. American Monster
04. Complacent
05. You
06. This Is Your Death Song
07. Simple And Plain
08. Anything Is Better Than This
09. Van Gogh Sun
10. Pretty Bomb
11. Safe

After bursting onto the national scene with their breakthrough Rubberneck album and hit single "Possum Kingdom," the successful follow-up single "Away" and fan favorite "Tyler," Toadies have recently revisited their platinum-selling 1994 debut with a 20th anniversary reissue of the album.

Fuel formed in 1993 while playing the club circuit in and around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The band signed to Sony Records and in 1998 released their critically lauded, debut album Sunburn with hit single "Shimmer."

Second album Something Like Human took the band to a new level of stardom, hitting multi-platinum status driven by the singles "Innocent" and "Hemorrhage", which remained at #1 for ten weeks. In 2003 Fuel released their third record Natural Selection, and found success at radio again with the hit song "Falls On Me".

Made up of Brett Scallions (vocals), Andy Andersson (guitar), Brad Stewart (bass) and Shannon Boone (drums), Fuel released their most recent album Puppet Strings on MRI/Red. Catapulted by the first single, "Soul To Preach To", the album entered the Billboard rock charts at #1. 

Last year's Blood & Lemonade is American Hi-Fi's fourth full length and their first since 2010's Fight the Frequency. Featuring the "Golden State" and other notables "Allison" and "Armageddon Days," the album fits well with their hit "Flavor of The Weak." 

In support of the record, American Hi-Fi's Stacy Jones (vocals, guitar), Jamie Arentzen (guitar), Drew Parsons (bass)and Brian Nolan (drums) performed a special one-off at London's famed 100 Club, which sold out quickly after being announced. The band also performed select shows in Los Angeles, New York City, and Boston in support of the album's release.

SUMMERLAND TOUR DATES (subject to change):

June 11 - Ft Myers, FL @ Top Rocker Field at Six Bends Harley Davidson Fort
June 12 - Alpharetta GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
June 13 - Charlotte, NC @ Uptown Amphitheatre at Music Factory
June 14 - Seminole, FL @ Screwie Louie's
June 19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE - Outdoors
June 21 - Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts Center
June 23 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
June 24 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
June 25 - Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
June 26 - Utica, NY @ Saranac Brewery
July 9 - Arlington Heights, IL @ HOME Bar
July 10 - Woodhaven, MI @ Uncle Sam Jam - Civic Center Park
July 11 - Ft Wayne, IN @ Three Rivers Festival - Headwaters Park
July 12 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
July 15 - Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Amphitheatre
July 16 - Cedar Park, TX @ Cedar Park Center
July 17 - Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
July 18 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
July 19 - San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater
July 21 - Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre
July 24 - Kansas City, MO @ KC Live!/Power & Light District
July 25 - Pocola, OK @ Choctaw Casino Resort
July 29 - Bemidji, MN @ Sanford Center
July 30 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
August 1 - Denver, CO @ Denver Country Fair
August 4 - Garden City, ID @ Revolution Center
August 7 - Reno, NV @ Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel
August 8 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
August 9 - Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
August 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia Live
August 15 - Fresno, CA @ Blackbeard's Family Entertainment
August 16 - Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Ashley Monroe readies summer album

With first single “On To Something Good” already getting a good response, Ashley Monroe has set July 24 for her second Warner Bros. Records album.

It was produced by Vince Gill and Justin Niebank, the team that helmed her 2013 Warner Bros. debut.

The video for “On To Something Good” just premiered through CMT broadcast and NPR online. Filmed in Nashville, the clip reflects the upbeat outlook and stylish approach of the song, written by Monroe with Barry Dean and Luke Laird. Fans got a sneak peek of Monroe’s stylized vintage looks from the video on her Instagram last weekend.

Monroe recently celebrated her first No. 1 at country radio, the “Lonely Tonight” duet with Blake Shelton. She’s currently on radio tour to promote “On to Something Good” and the yet-to-be-titled new album, the follow up to critical smash Like a Rose. 

Fans will be able to hear new music from the Pistol Annies member before the album’s July release as Monroe tours with Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town this summer and makes select festival appearances.

Track Listing:

1. On To Something Good
2. I Buried Your Love Alive
3. Bombshell
4. The Weight Of The Load
5. The Blade
6. Winning Streak
7. From Time To Time
8. If Love Was Fair
9. Has Anybody Ever Told You
10. Dixie
11. The Devil Don’t Want Me
12. Mayflowers
13. Good At Leavin’

Kraftwerk set for North American return

Peter Boettcher/Kraftwerk
Following a run through the U.S. last year, Electro pioneers Kraftwerk will return to North America this fall for a special 12-city run of their multimedia 3-D concerts.

The full routing follows below and tickets go on sale Friday, May 8 at 10 a.m.

Watch the 3-D concert video now at:

Bringing together music and performance art, the
concerts are a "Gesamtkunstwerk – total work of art.” 

The Kraftwerk project was started in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. They set up their electronic Kling Klang Studio in Düsseldorf, Germany, where they conceived and produced all Kraftwerk albums.

By the mid 1970’s Kraftwerk had achieved international recognition for their revolutionary electronic ‘sound scapes’ and their musical experimentation with robots and computers. With their visions of the future, Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age of the 21st century.

Their compositions, using innovative techniques, synthetic voices and computerised rhythms, were a major international influence across an entire range of music genres: from Electro to Hip Hop, from Techno to SynthPop. In their live performances, Kraftwerk – Ralf Hütter, Henning Schmitz, Fritz Hilpert, Falk Grieffenhagen–illustrate their belief in the cooperation of both men and machine.

With the retrospective of THE CATALOGUE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2012, Kraftwerk have returned full circle to their origins within the Düsseldorf art scene of the late Sixties. The 3-D concert series at MoMA was followed by further presentations at Tate Modern Turbine Hall (London), Akasaka Blitz (Tokyo) Opera House (Sydney), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Louis Vuitton Fondation (Paris) and Neue National Galerie (Berlin).

At the Los Angeles ceremony in 2014 Ralf Hütter was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tour dates: 

Edmonton, AB
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Calgary, AB
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Portland, OR
Keller Auditorium

Denver, CO
Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Austin, TX
Bass Concert Hall

Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium

Miami, FL
Olympia Theater at Gusman Center

Philadelphia, PA
Electric Factory

Boston, MA
Wang Theatre

Detroit, MI
Masonic Temple Theatre

Minneapolis, MN

Kansas City, MO
Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

American Idol Live! Tour on sale now

Michael Becker/FOX

The American Idol Live! Tour returns this summer with its 14th consecutive national tour. Hitting 37 cities (see dates below), the trek launches in July and runs through August. Fans will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with the Top 5 contestants from Season 14 as they perform with a live band. Tickets are available via

Tour Dates:

July 07 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
July 08 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
July 09 Melbourne, FL King Center For The Performing Arts
July 11 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
July 12 Fort Myers, FL Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
July 14 Fort Lauderdale, FL Parker Playhouse
July 15 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
July 17 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
July 18 Louisville, KY The Kentucky Center – Whitney Hall
July 19 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
July 21 Baltimore, MD Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
July 22 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
July 24 Chautauqua, NY Chautauqua Institute Amphitheatre
July 25 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
July 28 Worcester, MA Hanover Theatre For The Performing Arts
July 29 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
July 30 Portland, ME Maine State Pier
August 01 Atlantic City, NJ Caesars Atlantic City - Circus Maximus
August 02 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
August 03 Providence, RI Veterans Memorial Auditorium (The VETS)
August 05 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
August 07 Detroit, MI MotorCity Casino Hotel
August 08 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
August 09 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
August 10 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
August 12 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie
August 13 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
August 14 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre
August 16 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center
August 18 San Diego, CA Humphrey's
August 20 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
August 21 Reno, NV Silver Legacy Resort & Casino
August 22 Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
August 23 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
August 25 Seattle, WA McCaw Hall
August 27 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
August 28 Riverside, CA Fox Performing Arts Center

Tickets are subject to applicable service charges.
Event times and dates subject to change.

For the latest tour and ticketing information please visit:

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Villagers news

Darling Arithmetic, the third album from Villagers, is out now via Domino. It was written, recorded, produced and mixed by main man Conor O'Brien at home - the loft of a converted farmhouse that he shares in the coastal town of Malahide to the north of Dublin.
Backing up his vocal and guitar is piano, Mellotron (which accounts for the album's occasional horn and cello tones) and brushes. O'Brien plays every instrument on these exquisite, melodic songs in a sparse, spacious, acoustic-leaning fashion.

The new album is the follow-up to Villagers' debut, Becoming a Jackal, and its successor, Awayland - both widely acclaimed and nominated for Britain's Mercury Music Prize.
A video for 'Everything I Am Is Yours,' directed by Jamie Thraves (Radiohead, Sam Smith, Blur), can be viewed HERE
Darling Arithmetic is available on CD, limited gold vinyl LP, and digitally. Purchase the album on CD or LP through Dom Mart HERE and digitally through iTunes HERE
Track listing:

1. Courage
2. Everything I Am Is Yours
3. Dawning On Me
4. Hot Scary Summer
5. The Soul Serene
6. Darling Arithmetic
7. Little Bigot
8. No One To Blame
9. So Naïve
US Tour Dates:
2 June - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel *
4 June - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery *
5 June - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
6 June - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
* with Patrick Watson